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4 p.

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Journal of Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health

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doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(97)00151-1


The purpose of this pilot study was to correlate the three biologic markers of the Ovulon fertility monitor (a long-term predictive peak about 6 days before ovulation, a short-term predictive peak about 1 day before ovulation, and a nadir at the time of ovulation) with the peak in cervical mucus and the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge in the urine. Ten volunteer subjects (mean age 30.2 years) monitored their cervical-vaginal mucus, the surge of LH in the urine with a home assay test, and their vaginal electrical readings (with Ovulon monitors) on a daily basis for one to four menstrual cycles. In 19 of the 21 cycles that indicated a LH surge, there was a strong positive correlation between the LH surge and the peak of cervical-vaginal mucus (r = 0.96, P ≤ .01), and between the LH surge and both the Ovulon nadir and Ovulon short-term predictive peak (r = 0.84, P ≤ .01), and a modest positive correlation between the long-term Ovulon predictive peak and the LH surge (r = 0.62, P ≤ .01). The time of optimal fertility as determined by the peak in cervical mucus, the LH surge, and the Ovulon was similar. The Ovulon has potential as a reusable device to help women determine their fertile period.


Accepted version. Journal of Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health, Vol. 43, No. 2 (March-April 1998): 117-120. DOI. © 1998 Wiley. Used with permission.

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health, VOL 43, ISSUE 2, (March-April 1998) DOI.

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